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Berwick Bandits v Newcastle Diamonds
Saturday 2nd September 2017, 19:00 UK
LAWRENCE HEPPELL
Local derby action between the Berwick Bandits and Newcastle Diamonds has, over the years, produced unpredictable, trend-bucking results and last night in the Borders proved to be no different.
 
Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike Hope, Wooler) 51
Newcastle "Sapphire Engineering Diamonds" 39
SGB Championship

As the tension rose at Shielfield Park last night, Newcastle - bringing in guest Ricky Wells from Edinburgh to cover Robert Lambert's absence as the youngster was racing for the U21 Team GB in the World U21 team championship, no one was prepared to make a solid prediction either way with Berwick using rider-replacement for Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen and Kelsey Dugard for the injured Lee Payne.

David Howe was caught out in the Heat One gate and was called back but missed the gate second time round as Wells shot round Nick Morris off the second bend, but Howe, despite a massive effort couldn't pass Ashley Morris in the Newcastle 2-4, and following a shared 3-3 in the second, Jye Etheridge fell on bend one after a close encounter but with all four back was fit for the re-run in which Ludvig Lindgren took an early lead to take the three points but behind Jye Etheridge, in third behind Kevin Doolan, held out the vastly experienced Stuart Robson to the flag in a 3-3, taking the score to 8-10.

Howe made more than up for his Heat One by shooting at speed to roar away from Steve Worrall to win well in another shared Heat Four,3-3, as was the fifth after Wells rounded Etheridge off the second bend.

Berwick broke the scoring in Heat six with Worrall out on Robson's bike, as Morris and Doolan moved well ahead off bend two to take a vital home 5-1, which reversed the leadership 19-17 to Berwick while Howe again roared to a huge win in Heat Seven win over Robson and Lindgren to keep the gap to two in favour of the home side.

Ashley Morris led Nick Morris for almost three laps until the Bandits' number one powered up and took a hard dive on the inside of the fourth bend to shoot himself to the front and with Gappmaier taking third the Berwick 4-2 moved them further ahead, 26-22 and with Doolan taking Heat Nine after a serious challenge from behind from Worrall, who had passed Etheridge a lap earlier, in another 4-2 with the lead now six points.

Eight points ahead after the interval Wells found himself behind Howe, but the Newcastle guest has the power and motored round Howe off bend two in a Diamonds' Heat 11 2-4 narrowing the gap by two points, 36-30, but a fine 5-1 in Heat 12 from Gappmaier and Etheridge who held Robson at bay made he score 41-31, too late for a Diamonds' tactical ride.

Nick Morris' superb gate over Worrall and Wells was enough to seal victory for the Bandits who notched up their fourth consecutive home win to continue their excellent end to the season with two races to go, although Newcastle's Worrall saved his brilliant best till last as he battled hard on the opening bends in Heat 15 to ease ahead and take a good win while Nick Morris went round Wells to take up second in a Newcastle 2-4 to end the match 51-39.

Berwick's team manager Gary Havelock said: "I think this was the best and most complete performance from a Berwick side this season where there was almost no feeling we were going to take a loss. It was an awesome performance and well done to all the guys for showing that Berwick attitude in every heat and taking a brilliant win. That's four in a row here at Shielfield, and I can't wait to get to grips with Edinburgh next weekend, as five off the belt sounds good to me!"

Newcastle's team boss for the night, Alan Hedley said: "We held it tight for most of the match and led after the first which we had hoped would set the tone for the rest of the night, but at critical moments we lost ground where really we shouldn't have and allowed Berwick to take control and get on top as it soon became beyond our reach. Too many disappointing lost points just when we didn't need them."

Individual Riders' Score Chart

Olympus Marquees Berwick Bandits (Powered by Mike hope, Wooler) 51

Nick Morris 2,3,3,3,3,2 = 16
Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen - Rider replacement
Jye Etheridge 1*,2,1,1,2* = 7+2
Kevin Doolan (c) 2,1*,2*,3,2* = 10+3
David Howe 0,3,3,2,0,0 = 8
Dany Gappmaier (r) 3,N,1,0,3,3 = 10
Kelsey Dugard (guest) (r) 0,0,0,N,N = 0

Newcastle "Sapphire Engineering Diamonds" 39

​Ricky Wells (guest) 3,3,3,1*,1 = 11+1
Ashley Morris 1,0,2,1 = 4
Stuart Robson 0,2,2,1 = 5
Ludvig Lindgren (c) 3,1*,0,1 = 5+1
Steve Worrall 2,1,2,2,3 = 10
Ben Hopwood (r) 1*,0,0,0 = 1+1
Alfie Bowtell (r) 2,1*,0,0 = 3+1
Last Updated: Sun 03 Sep 2017, 01:14 UK
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BSPA Averages
Robert Lambert

9.18

Steve Worrall

8.93

Stuart Robson

7.67

Ludvig Lindgren

7.03

Ashley Morris

4.64

Ben Hopwood

2.44

Alfie Bowtell

2.00

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